March 23, 2010, 10:28 amBy JACQUES STEINBERG
Students applying to Columbia, the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut and 22 other institutions in the next admissions season will, for the first time, be able to use the Common Application.
Rob Killion, executive director of Common Application Inc., the nonprofit organization that produces the form, said in an e-mail message that the new additions would bring the total of participating institutions to 414. The next version of the Common Application, which has spared many recent applicants the chore of composing original essays for every institution they apply to, will be available Aug. 1.
In a statement, Jessica Marinaccio, dean of undergraduate admissions at Columbia, said that adding the Common Application would “make applying to Columbia more accessible to students from every background.” She added:
“We recognize the anxiety students and families feel throughout the admissions process, and hope that the standardized nature of the Common Application will make applying easier, more convenient and less stressful for students and the counselors and teachers who support them.”
Still, for all the paperwork it saves students, the Common Application is also believed to have contributed to the arms race mentality among highly selective colleges and their applicants. Ms. Marinaccio noted in her statement that Columbia had received more than 26,000 applications for this fall’s freshman class at Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the most ever.
Among Ivy League institutions, Columbia is the last to add the Common Application.
Here, as provided by Mr. Killion, are the 25 colleges adding the Common Application:
Alaska Pacific University
Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Concordia University in Portland, Ore.
Fontbonne University in St. Louis
Husson University in Bangor, Me.
Jacobs University, Bremen in Germany (the first international member)
Johnson State College in Vermont
Maritime College (SUNY)
Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y.
Morrisville State College (State University of New York)
Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md., and Santa Fe, N.M.
Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Connecticut
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina, Asheville
Western New England College
Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Xavier University of Louisiana
At this point, Mr. Killion said, the colleges with national profiles that do not accept the Common Application are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and Howard.
To post a comment on the Common Application, please use the box below. I have also reached out to the deans of admission at Michigan and Connecticut, and will update this post with their responses, should I receive them.